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Farming

A tough conversion

Dairy cows 15 min ago South Otago couple who converted from sheep to dairy seeking an easier life soon encounter unforeseen problems.

Dairy farming in the sky

South Canterbury farmer Alvin Reid with a pasture-scanning drone. 15 min ago South Canterbury dairy farm among NZ's most technologically intensive farms.

Early-gestation calves huge boost

Calves feeding at a calfeteria 15 min ago A profitable boost is forecast after a breakthrough in breeding calves with a shorter gestation period.

Teamwork a key to success

Mick and Karen Williams with Tom, 11, Ollie, 9, and India, 5. 15 min ago Award-winning farmers closely monitor their soil's needs to avoid harming the environment.

Plaintiffs delay filing of Psa claim

PSA kiwifruit vine 15 min ago Plaintiffs unhappy about their potential exposure to losses have delayed the filing of the Kiwifruit Claim in court.

Opinion poll

Is it time for authorities to introduce tougher penalties for poaching?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: Booby traps for poachers cost farmers

A nail in coffin

Jon Morgan So, you don't want a wool levy? I'd be interested to know why.

Housing v farming

The urbanisation of agricultural land is essentially an irreversible process.

New cowsheds create wide divide

Some warning signs

Dairy farming in the sky

South Canterbury farmer Alvin Reid with a pasture-scanning drone. South Canterbury dairy farm among NZ's most technologically intensive farms.

A tough conversion

South Otago couple who converted from sheep to dairy seeking an easier life soon encounter unforeseen problems.

Guards ration chocolate milk

Arable farmers feel dairy farmers' pain

Early-gestation calves huge boost

A profitable boost is forecast after a breakthrough in breeding calves with a shorter gestation period.

Approach pays dividends

Mark, left, and Richard Chrystall are farming for future generations. A Taihape farming business is a fusion of the family and the corporate.

Meat exports hit high

NZ meat exports reached record high of $5.3bn in 2013-14, despite the high dollar, with exports up $480m on last season.

Status quo is inefficient

NZ beef shortage lifts prices

Teamwork a key to success

Award-winning farmers closely monitor their soil's needs to avoid harming the environment.

Job boost on cards

wool Two major players in New Zealand's wool industry want to merge and expand operations in Timaru.

Low water table worries

A good spell of rain is needed in the Waikato to help refill water tables on drystock farms that dried up during the droughts.

Thriving on high-sugar grass

Levy vote loss slated

Wool merger should be simpler

A second go at merging the country's biggest wool scourers should be simpler without a receiver involved, an advocate for the deal says.

Dive bombers to protect vineyards

Native falcon/karearea A vineyard manager who will bring home three rare, ferocious predators is excited but a little overwhelmed.

EU cuts red tape for organic wines

Officials and wine growers have cut through red tape to make it easier for NZ organic wines to be sold in Europe.

Niche maize at risk?

Scrumpy crew call

Plaintiffs delay filing of Psa claim

Plaintiffs unhappy about their potential exposure to losses have delayed the filing of the Kiwifruit Claim in court.

Food provider debate needed

Andrew West, Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln University A national discussion is needed to determine what part NZ should play as a global food producer.

Drought sweat on again

Double whammy fears grow of a drought combined with a forecasted low milk payout.

Union supports closures

Meatworks fined $57,949

Forestry firm branches out

Forestry company IFS Growth has chosen Upper Hutt at its North Island base.

Build skills for emotional resilience

Doug Avery Suicide is only the visible tip of a great iceberg of depression casting a chill over the New Zealand's mental and economic wellbeing.

Killer disease not unique

Mysterious liver disease killing hundreds of cows was a freak event but not unique according to a veterinary pathologist.

Beet the bolters

Cute and cuddly killers?

There is a way through

Capable, durable, versatile, it, could be said that farmers, are the ultimate DIYers, the, quintessential kiwi blokes.

Live NZ fish heading overseas

Hoki Live fish caught in New Zealand's inshore fisheries could soon be winging or swimming their way to lucrative markets in Australia and Asia.

Aquaculture courses a first

Two new aquaculture qualifications are being launched by Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.

Salmon feedback sought

Live mussel export ban

Social licence vital for aquaculture

New Zealand's $400 million aquaculture industry needs to earn its "social licence" as it looks to grow to a $1 billion sector by 2025.

Loving the lifestyle

Letitia Hamill An ambitious young dairy manager enjoys every day on the job.

Still horsing round at 76

Showing horses is in Thelma Busby's blood.

Life is busy

Silage bale wrap goes pink

Friends united

While many Women's Institutes are struggling for members, one such group in Manawatu is bucking the trend.